Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is more than just the ability to read and write in the 21st century.  The world we live in today revolves around technology and how it can make our lives easier and faster.  Therefore, being digitally literate in today’s digital world means students must be able to read, interpret, and reproduce the information they have gained through a digital environment (“Digital Literacy and Media”, 2017).  Incorporating digital literacy skills into a student’s classwork assignment can help prepare them for success in the digital world.  As a teacher, it is important to have visual aids that backup my teaching instruction for all my students and allow me the opportunity to track students’ progress on an assignment.  This is where a virtual learning environment plays an important part in providing a variety of both static and interactive tasks as well as classroom resources for students (Light & Polin, 2010).  When students have these resources available to them, they are building their digital literacy skills as well as possibly makes gains in difficult areas.  Every teacher’s desire is to see their student make progress in the subject content areas they are having difficulty with.  The use of digital literacy offers a variety of tools that can help meet a student’s individual needs.  I have personally seen students make gains with the use of digital literacy tools.  The reaction from the students as they become aware of their progress is priceless!  Digital literacy integrated into instruction allows so many possibilities for the teacher and students.  Teachers are able to meet the individual needs of their students and the students are able to receive tasks on their current level.  The student can then see the progress they are making, which makes them feel successful in a world that is more than just reading and writing.

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References

Building Reading Skills With Digital Literacy Tools. (2017). Retrieved from http://k12education.gatesfoundation.org/building-reading-skills-with-digital-literacy-tools/
Digital Literacy and Media Literacy for Today’s Learners. (2017, June 28). Retrieved from http://digitalliteracy.us/
Light, D. & Polin, D.K. (2010).  Integrating Web 2.0 tools into the classroom: Changing the culture of learning. Center for Children and Technology.

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